Successful Sourdough! Need help with pics!
Many thanks to all who have contributed such educational posts and inspiring pics! I have baked bread for over 20 years, but this website inspired me to try sourdough. I began the starter from Maggie Glezer's "Artisan Baking" two weeks ago today, and it has exceeded my expectations. I have to say, by the second day the starter smelled so awful I nearly threw it out! Within a couple of days after that, it smelled fresh and lovely : ) I have now made three batches of sourdough - a Sourdough Rye from "The Bread Bible," Walnut Levain from "Artisan Baking," and Maggie Glezer's Sourdough Challah from "A Blessing Of Bread." My family generally loves this stuff (except the one who loves soft sandwich loaves...)
Once I get used to sourdough by the book, I'll look into more whole grain sourdough... I just thought I'd see how the 'white' version goes before tackling the more challenging world of whole grains : )
Once I went to keeping a smaller amount of starter, I didn't get the wild quadrupling/quintupling I had when I was feeding it with the amounts used to nurture the starter. (It was quadrupling in just four hours!). Now it rises to about 3 1/2 times as much, not quite four times.... but it has raised the dough very acceptably!
I would show photos but I'm having a bit of trouble. They will not upload, it says my files are too big. I clicked on "create thumbnail" but I guess that didn't fix it. Could someone tell me how to correct this? I have a Mac.